Component Deficits of Neglect

  • Paolo Bartolomeo


Neglect behavior appears to be the complex resultant of a number of concurrent elementary deficits of different levels of severity and with different modes of interaction depending on the patient. This chapter outlines some of the putative elementary deficits of attention, motor preparation, and working memory that may contribute to neglect behavior.


Attentional capture Disengagement deficit Response bias Directional hypokinesia Spatial working memory Nonlateralized deficits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Bartolomeo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Brain and Spine Institute Hôpital de la SalpêtrièreInstitut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCatholic UniversityMilanItaly

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